RSAA & SOAS Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students

Wednesday 4 December 2013

The Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1








Adrian Steger, Introduction and welcome




H.E. Mohammed Quayes, High Commissioner  for Bangladesh
"Bangladesh; the future"








2 Asian language “tasters”; a brief practical introduction to 

Chinese and Arabic with SOAS staff








Charlie Gammell

"Humanitarian relief in Southern Afghanistan"








Joe Studwell

"How Asia works, economic essentials"



Malgosia Skowronska

"Expeditions in the mountains of Central Asia"







Jonathan Fenby

“Media freedom in China”



Tea and finish


After each presentation there will be 5-10 minutes for questions.


Programme Notes:


H.E. Mohammed Quayes is High Commissioner for Bangladesh in London. He was Foreign Secretary from 2009-2013. Before that, in his diplomatic career he served in Moscow, Singapore and Vienna.

Charlie Gammell was with the Red Cross as a Persian interpreter in Helmund, Southern Afghanistan. He studied history at Oxford and then at Cambridge for an MPhil in Middle Eastern studies.

Joe Studwell is a journalist and author. His last book ‘How Asia Works” has been very well reviewed. Previous books are “The China Dream” about the 1990s foreign investment gold rush in China and “Asian Godfathers” about developmental failure in south-east Asia. He is currently researching for PhD at Cambridge. 

Mangosia Skowronska studied Political Economy at King’s College London. She has trekked and climbed extensively in Asia being on expeditions to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nepal and the mountains of north west India and Pakistan. 

Jonathan Fenby C.B.E. was editor of “The Observer” and “The South China Morning Post”. He is the author of many books about China, contemporary and past as well as about France and the First World War. He is a founding partner and Managing Director of the China team at Trusted Sources, the emerging markets research and consultancy firm headquartered in London.

Sir David John is Chairman of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, past Chairman of The British Standards Institute (the National Standards Body for U.K.).and was vice Chairman U.K. Trade & Investment, Chairman Premier Oil.

 Mr. Adrian Steger is a member of Council of the RSAA and responsible for Junior Member and Schools activities

 The language tutorials are given by the following members of staff at SOAS:

 Dr Lianyi, Mandarin; Arabic T.B.A.

 Thanks are given to Rahima Begum and Jane Savory of SOAS, and Morven Hutchinson and Briony Watson of the RSAA.


We are grateful to Standard Chartered Bank for support towards this meeting.


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